Grammatikseminariet: Kajsa Djärv, UPenn "Embedded main clause phenomena: new perspectives on embedded illocutionary acts"
In this talk, I examine the claim that embedded V2, a well-studied 'main clause phenomenon', is associated with illocutionary force; and in particular, assertion. I argue that the illocutionary force of embedded V2-clauses is best captured in terms of the statement that they share the conventional discourse effects typically associated with main clause declaratives; in the sense of Farkas and Roelofsen (2017). On their analysis of matrix declaratives and interrogatives, differences in the conventional discourse effects of these sentence types follow from their semantic differences (modelled in terms of inquisitive semantics, e.g. Ciardelli et al. 2013, 2015), combined with one 'convention of use' (based on Farkas and Bruce 2010), which applies to both sentence types. I show that this proposal nicely captures what appears to be the core discourse effects associated with embedded V2, while still allowing for a wide range of uses. I also show that V2 is possible in embedded declaratives when the discourse move represented by the V2-clause is not that of an assertion. This presents a problem for accounts that link the availability of embedded V2 to an assertive operator or feature, which commits the speaker or the attitude holder to the embedded proposition. The current proposal also has consequences for theoretical modelling in the framework of inquisitive semantics, which (given time), I discuss in the talk.
The seminar will be in English.